Throughout the past few lessons and posts we have been learning how to convey meaning and present messages to the viewer through the media we produce. This has been done mainly through two mediums:
How the camera is used for an image can say a lot about it, for example:
Long shot- gives more peripheral detail, often drawing attention to the subject of the image.
Close-up- directs audience’s attention to the only thing/person in frame, enabling them to convey the mood of the image more easily.
High angle- makes subject seem small and inferior
Low angle- subject appears bigger and stronger, as if they were towering over the camera
Example of long shot angle:
All components of mise-en-scene contribute to communicating meaning through an image, these components are:
Makeup/hair/clothing- all of these factors can convey the model’s social class and interests, but also the time period in which it is set in.
Lighting- can create the mood, for example a low-lit and shadowy scene connotes feelings of sadness or fear whereas a warm and well-lit scene implies a happier scene.
Props/setting- as in costume, where a piece is set can illustrate the time period it is set in and the class of the characters. Props can be used to give the audience more information about the characters and what they do, for example, a musician may hold a microphone in a poster to show they are a singer.
Acting/proxemics- where actors are in comparison to one another says a lot about their relationship. This could mean when a character is facing away from the other they are angry, or if they are close together then they may be friends.
Using these two techniques are essential to the production of my own music magazine. This is because the cover must be able to display the magazine’s genre and features immediately to the reader, without this they will not feel enticed to pick it up and read it.